Definition of complaisant in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəmˈpleɪz(ə)nt/


Willing to please others or to accept what they do or say without protest: he went to join his apparently complaisant wife for Christmas
More example sentences
  • Strangely though, this doesn't come over as frosty or nihilistic, but harmless and complaisant.
  • These ideas were encouraged by complaisant Western ‘development economists’ and by a dubious semantic innovation.
  • But nothing seems to shift a complaisant populace.
willing, assenting, acquiescent, agreeable, amenable, cooperative, accommodating, obliging, biddable, compliant, pliant, deferential, docile, obedient, conformable, tractable


Complaisant does not mean the same as complacent. See complacent (usage).



Pronunciation: /kəmˈpleɪz(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • If it became possible for shareholders to sue firms where those firms might reasonably have protected them from insider trading, corporate Australia's complaisance towards insider trading could take a healthy hit.
  • And this has caused a mass unjustified complaisance.
  • A rebellion of public opinion against such complaisance is possible but not certain.


Mid 17th century: French, from complaire 'acquiesce in order to please', from Latin complacere 'to please'.

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